Counselling Psychotherapy for Depression

It can take some courage to begin counselling for depression. There really is no quick fix or shortcut, but it doesn't need to take years of therapy to turn your life around.

It may be hard to start interpersonal therapy when your negative thoughts and loss of interest makes you want to stay on the couch all day. Depression is a set of symptoms that, together, are classified as a mood disorder, ranging from mild depression to major depressive disorder as a mental illness.

The issues at the heart of depression, run much deeper than can be addressed by drugs. Although anti-depressants may make you feel better for a while, the real issues are not being addressed by masking the symptoms chemically. While pharmaceuticals can be useful to provide symptom relief, experts agree that the problems are usually rooted much deeper and that mind-altering drugs cannot adequately address the root causes.

In psychiatry, it is common to treat depression with drugs that interact with your brain. You may be able to treat some of the symptoms, but you cannot get rid of depression permanently by merely masking its symptoms chemically. In fact, to overcome depression you would need to normalize and integrate its root causes. While in more severe cases it may be necessary to seek psychiatric intervention first, but in less severe cases, you may be best to start your journey back to mental health in psychotherapy.

Dialectic Therapy

My approach to working through depression is to see depression as a process, rather than a disease. The symptoms of depression include fatigue, dysphoria, isolation, loneliness, endless second-guessing, grieving, mind-chatter, anxiety, etc. but this collection of symptoms stem from the root cause of depression.

Dealing with the underlying issues provides resilience and permanent solutions. Dealing with the root causes allows you to emerge stronger and with a new foundation in reality to build your life on. 

"This is a huge change from my old life... it feels wonderful to live like this... I wish everyone could know what this feels like!!"

Rochelle F.

Healing Response

I consider depression, in most cases, a healing response of our minds rather than a medical condition. I have worked with people with depression after having been on pills for 15 years! After doing a few weeks of work (typically 3-6 sessions), they began to feel better about themselves, their outlook and their life. They truly started to engage themselves in life again. 

How Dialectic Therapy for Depression

In the sessions we work with a three-pronged approach to free yourself from depression: Understand, Embody, Relate

Every week we progress through cumulative breakthroughs, self-discovery and sometimes some easy exercises that lead to understanding ourselves in the world around us in a new way. Soon thereafter we transition to the next two phases wherein you discover the key tools to your own happiness and create within your own life and universe.

Come and talk. Your first session is 50% off and without obligation.

* If you were prescribed medication, please ensure you take the medicating as prescribed by your physician. While this work may be beneficial to you, it is not recommended to alter the dose or timing of your medication without consulting a medical professional. Many of my clients work with their medical professional to reduce or end their medication. Please do not take such decisions without medical advice.

Anthony Santen SAC Dip(Adv. Psychotherapy) Counselling in Toronto

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